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2 Kings 25:25

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25:25 But in the seventh month 1  Ishmael son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, who was a member of the royal family, 2  came with ten of his men and murdered Gedaliah, 3  as well as the Judeans and Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.

1 sn It is not altogether clear whether this is in the same year that Jerusalem fell or not. The wall was breached in the fourth month (= early July; Jer 39:2) and Nebuzaradan came and burned the palace, the temple, and many of the houses and tore down the wall in the fifth month (= early August; Jer 52:12). That would have left time between the fifth month and the seventh month (October) to gather in the harvest of grapes, dates and figs, and olives (Jer 40:12). However, many commentators feel that too much activity takes place in too short a time for this to have been in the same year and posit that it happened the following year or even five years later when a further deportation took place, possibly in retaliation for the murder of Gedaliah and the Babylonian garrison at Mizpah (Jer 52:30). The assassination of Gedaliah had momentous consequences and was commemorated in one of the post exilic fast days lamenting the fall of Jerusalem (Zech 8:19).

2 tn Heb “[was] from the seed of the kingdom.”

3 tn Heb “and they struck down Gedaliah and he died.”



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